Temple’s four goals lead Senators

  • Jonathan Mahoney scores against Smith Academy, Wednesday in Orange. FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Andrew Herk controls the ball, Wednesday in Orange. FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Logan Dodge passes Wednesday in Orange.  FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • James Temple attempts to settle the ball, Wednesday in Orange where he scored four times in a 6-0 Senators victory. FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Andrew Herk looks to clear the ball, Wednesday in Orange.  FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

Staff Writer
Published: 9/13/2018 12:58:51 AM

ORANGE — Three games into the season, the Mahar boys soccer team is producing goals at a very high level, which could be putting it lightly.

The Senators beat Smith Academy 6-0 on the Woodward Complex turf on Wednesday, giving them 20 goals on the young season.

James Temple had four goals with an assist against Smith Academy. Temple has a methodical and patient style with the ball on his foot, leading to highly accurate shots and passes around the net.

“We are just working together and playing as a team,” Temple said. “I like to pass the ball and give other players chances.”

Temple seems to have a lot of fun on the field, smiling and laughing a lot during the game.

“I try to have fun with it,” Temple said. “It can get serious, sometimes, but I try to help other players have fun too.”

Mahar’s first three opponents have combined for one win early in the season. Taconic is 0-3, Pioneer Regional is 0-1 and Smith Academy fell to 1-1.

Mahar (3-0, 2-0 McGrath) will face some stiffer challenges moving forward with games against Palmer, Belchertown and Athol looming.

“We just focus on doing our job,” Mahar coach Dan Guertin said. “Not worrying about who we are playing, and just doing the best that we can. Things will then take care of themselves.”

The defense was rarely tested against the Falcons, who did not register a shot. Ethan Williams notched the shutout without a save.

“It’s not going to be like this all season,” Guertin said.

Temple took a Henry Ndayisaba pass and one-touched it in to give the Senators a 1-0 lead. Soon after, Temple scored again unassisted.

Temple set up Riley Drew for Mahar’s third goal. Drew played set up moments later, sending a pass far-post to the head of Jonathan Mahoney who buried the attempt.

Temple scored two more goals in the second before getting subbed out. The Senators controlled possession for most of the game and into the second half with substitutes on the field.

Drew assisted on Temple’s third goal to make it 5-0, giving him a goal and two assists for the game.

Temple’s fourth and final goal was unassisted.

Athol 9, Greenfield 1 — The Red Raiders (2-1, 1-1 Schmid) cruised past the Green Wave at home on Wednesday.

A 3-0 halftime score turned lopsided in the second half.

Dilan Fountain led the offensive charge for Athol with three goals, with Angel Rivera (two assists) and Noah Aukstikalnis (assist) each adding a pair. Bryce King (two assists) and Parker Deleo also scored.

Connor Mahony got on the scoring sheet with an assist. Casey Mason played 60 minutes in net for the Red Raiders, making five saves.

Vinny Gordon made his varsity debut, relieving Mason for the final 20 minutes. Gordon stopped two shots.

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